Must-attend Napier Art Deco Festival events

Heading to the Napier Art Deco Festival this month? If you're wondering which events to go to, we've got you covered. Here are six events that you will want to tick off your Deco bucket list. 

Phil Crosby Jr: The Golden Age of Hollywood

Napier Municipal Theatre, Friday 21 February, 7.30pm

As grandson of the legendary Movie Star, Bing Crosby, Phil brings the golden age of Hollywood and the Great American Songbook to audiences around the world. A classic Jazz Crooner; performing the very best of American Jazz and Big Band Standards, and of course the classic hits of his famous grandfather!

This show promises an evening of world-class entertainment. Phil Crosby Jr is joined on stage by sensational jazz/rock vocalist Nicole Chesterman and one of New Zealand’s hottest Jazz show bands “High Society”. The production has been designed exclusively for the festival by internationally acclaimed William Kircher.

On for one night only this is, without doubt, a Festival and Jazz fans must-see show!

Stars and Starlets Ball

Napier War Memorial Conference Centre, Thursday 20 February, 7.30pm

Thursday night is all about the glitz and glamour of the 1930s film stars, when the men were dashing and women were bewitching. Get dressed up like the greats Katherine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, Clarke Gable, Carey Grant or whoever inspires your inner glamour. Dinner is served at 8pm, then dance the night away like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers through till Midnight.

Gatsby Jazz Breakfast

Festival Marquee, Saturday 22 February, 8.30am

Kick start your fun-filled Saturday with a hearty buffet breakfast, supplied by Orton’s, sipping wine overlooking beachfront views, whilst a Jazz Band sets your feet tapping. Glass of wine on arrival.

Thank God for the Navy Breakfast

Festival Marquee, Sunday 23 February, 9.00am

This is a commemorative breakfast that recognises the special historical connection between the Navy and Napier. Join our special guests, defence attaché, officers and ships company from the Royal New Zealand Navy and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and the company of uniformed officers at each table. Entertainment by members of the RNZN Band.

Mission Lawn Jazz Party

Mission Estate Winery, Sunday 23 February, 12.30pm

Step back in time and enjoy the Jazz Age like only the most glamourous did. Set on the stunning Mission Estate Winery lawns, you'll enjoy an afternoon of incredible Jazz music, as well as the Missions world-renowned food, wine and stunning atmosphere. Other activities include croquet, dance lessons, old-time performances and much more.

Deco Best Bits

Festival Marquee, Sunday 23 February, 6.00pm

What better way to see off another fantastic Festival, than by getting to experience a little bit of everything. Enjoy entertainment from various performers and groups from throughout the Festival, while enjoying a delicious buffet dinner, in a relaxed fun setting. Have one last dance, drink and laugh before saying so long to friends old and new.


Check out the full events line up here and book your tickets!



You've got your tickets, now it's time to dress the part. Check out our 'Dressing Deco' guide here.